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The Perfect Mint Julep

In our Journey to the Kentucky Derby series, we're bringing you all things Derby and nothing says the Kentucky Derby quite like the Mint Julep. In that spirit, I ventured to one of the best bars in the Houston Heights (and the first place I ever tried a Mint Julep), Eight Row Flint, to learn more about the Mint Julep and how to make a great one, Eight Row Flint style.

There's More to Life than Bourbon...

Eva, our bartender and guide for the afternoon (it's okay to drink before happy hour when you're researching a story #Journalism) immediately dropped a bombshell...Eight Row Flint doesn't limit the spirits in its Julep to just Bourbon. "We use a combination of Rum, Cognac and Bourbon," said Eva.

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Eva of Eight Row Flint Prepares a Mint Julep

When queried why Eight Row strays from Bourbon as the solo star of the Julep, Eva enlightened me that the addition of the extra spirits (Rum and Cognac) allows Eight Row to integrate other fine spirits and add additional flavors.

Change Keeps Coming

Eight Row's personal stamp on the Julep didn't end with additional spirits. Instead of simple syrup or a sugar cube, Eva added a house made cherry cordial to "add more flavor and an extra something to the Julep." She poured on a healthy serving of crushed ice and topped it off with a sprig of mint and a dose of powdered sugar.

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Needless to say, it was amazing!

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Thanks to Eva and Eight Row Flint for the hospitality!

Eight Row Flint is a self-described revisionist ice house that celebrates Whiskey and Masa. 1039 Yale Street, Houston Heights, Texas 77008.

Our Journey to the Kentucky Derby is a celebration of all things Kentucky Derby including Bourbon, fashion and classic mustaches as we count down to the 144th Running of the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.

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